desired, longed for, wanted; desirable ...1640 obs.
a thing that is desired; something for which a desire or longing is felt ...1640 obs.
to desire with a sense of want or regret; to feel a desire or longing for;
to feel the want of; to desire, to want, to miss ...1646
(adj. & noun) from Latin dēsīderātus (desired)
(verb) from Latin dēsīderāt-, participial stem of dēsīderāre (to miss, long for, desire)
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1640 - see EXAMPLE below
"...For where we deliver up any thing as a DESIDERATE, so it be a matter of merit, and the reason thereof may seem somewhat obscure, so as, upon good consideration, we may doubt, that we shall not be so easily conceived what we intend...."
From: Of the Advancement and Proficiencie of Learning, Or the Partitions of Sciences: IX Bookes
- Written in Latin by Francis Bacon
Translated by Gilbert Watts